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Amotekun is Not an Illegal Security Network, Says Oyo Deputy Speaker, Abiodun Mohammed


By Richard Thomas, Ibadan

The Deputy Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Honourable Abiodun Mohammed Fadeyi   has described  the recently  launched security outfit in the South Western States of the country code named Amotekun as welcome development.

Hon Fadeyi in statement said the development became imperative as a way  to securing the Yoruba nation  against insecurity  menace  in Nigeria.

According to him, the security outfit is a welcome development  from all indications, saying  from historical perspective of the Yoruba nation, the south west has been a unified region until creation of more states in the country.

Commenting on the statement  of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF)  Mr Abubakar Malami declaring the Amotekun outfit as illegal, the Deputy Speaker described the utterance as unethical and  uncalled for adding that the security outfit has come to say.

Malami made the statement barely a few days  after  the inuaguration of Amotekun saying the outfit was not backed with any known law of the land.

Hon Fadeyi in a swift response to the statement said the AGF  lacks   information on the security network, adding that  the AGF’s view on the issue was from a different perspective.

“The South West nation  has taken the lead by setting up a security network that will take care of the menace of insecurity and herds men incursion  in the Yoruba territory.

“No responsible government will watch its citizens being kidnapped and subjected to all kinds of humiliation.  Nigeria is a federating  nation  practicing  democracy,   So  the establishment of the security network is a welcome development.”

Hon Fadeyi said the Oduduwa lineage has a strong bond between Yoruba nation adding that from history the  south Western States have always remains unified.

“Said he, “It has been spelt out in powers of  state Assemblies in section 100 of the 1999 constitution as amended that it has powers to make laws for the good governance of its state, meaning that for a state to be well governed, the issue of security should be paramount.

“So, as such,  the constitution of Nigeria  gives the state  Assemblies  powers to make laws for their government. The action leading to the establishment of Amotekun was not illegal, he declared.

According to the Deputy Speaker, the  formation of Amotekun  by the South West government is still  an on going process that will be backed by legislation of South West States to give it  legal backing.

“A case in some parts of North in 1999 after the nation returned to Democracy,  they came up with Sharia laws to govern their states, they approached the state Assembly and had  the laws backed with legislation,  This development took place in states like Zamfara, Kano and others.

The Deputy Speaker said the Amotekun  was created  out of the necessity  of overwhelming security in Nigeria  Apparatus which include the police and other security agencies adding that,  it is not a replacement of the police, Army and others.

Hon Fadeyi said what brought about the curiosity of government on the issue was the wide acceptability of the security outfit by the people

He advised the people to embrace  it the more and help it with useful information.

Hon. Fadeyi also admonished the vigilantes to be up and doing in the task of making the Amotekun Security Network a vibrant one



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